Saturday, December 15, 2012

REST IN PEACE....!!!

11th April 2012 was written in golden words in the history of "Shivaji ground". Ground was full of mountain lovers from all over the country. Entire ground was filled with mixed emotions of grief and excitement. Newly built "Krishna Bhosale climbing wall" was standing in pride. It was decorated with garlands of different flowers. Ribbon was tide to the gates of climbing wall. All the climbers and trekkers were excited to climb on this new wall. Next to gate of climbing wall there was small stage with couple of chief guests and everyone was very attentive to whatever was going on the stage.

Pramod sir, chief of "Mumbai Mountaineering Association" was giving introduction of chief guests.

"We are lucky to have Prathmesh sir, one of the best mountaineer in this country as our chief guest. I would like to call him to inaugurate climbing wall. Lets give him big round of applause."

Crowd started clapping like mad.

Prathmesh sir was looking bit dull since starting of the function. He was fully immersed in his storm of thoughts.
He got up from his chair with heavy heart and started walking towards climbing wall gates......

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"Pallavi, Please give me TV remote control"...Prathmesh tried to snatch remove control from Pallavi.
"Come on Janu, I don't want to see discovery now. Please let me see this serial"...Pallavi tried to convince her husband in her usual style.

"Hey, They are going to telecast Krishna's interview now".
"Krishna's interview.....!!!...Oh, you should have told me earlier".....Pallavi quickly switched channel.

"Good Evening everybody, We are going to talk very special guest today. Please welcome one and only Krishna Bhosale"....Amol, host of the show started interview with big bang.
Krishna waved his hand with his usual big smile.

"Krishna..!!! One of the renowned mountaineer, writer, photographer.....I am getting breathless while counting your list....I want to know what is secret of your success?"
"Well....There is nothing like secret or something...Just believe in your dreams and work for achieving them....Believe in yourself...!!!"

"Sir, you come in special category of people who have climbed all the 14 peaks of 8000+ Meters. How do you feel?"
"I feel Happy about it. Also I believe that we don't climb mountains, its mountains which decides that whether we should climb them or not. Its they who bestow their blessing on us. So I am Happy that Mountain God finds me eligible for his love."

Amol was asking various questions to Krishna and Krishna was answering humorously.

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Prathmesh did coconut breaking ceremony and opened ribbon on climbing wall gates. Everyone clapped once again.

"Sir, please climb one route"......Pramod insisted Prathmesh.
"Yes sir....please please"
"Please sir....please".......everyone insisted Prathmesh.

Crowds excitement reached to peak.....Prathmesh started climbing.

As he was moving up....He felt that somewhere on top of wall Krishna was sitting with big smile.
His eyes filled with water, He increased his climbing speed and reached top. Krishna was not there, He realized that it was his imagination....

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Interview was going nicely.

"Krishna sir, I have heard that whenever your on expedition, you turn around your group into small orchestra. You sing many song. Can you sing one song for us?"
"Actually after climbing for entire day some singing or playing at night in camp help us to feel refreshed. We sing many songs but my group like one song very much, I will sing that....."

chappa chappa charkha chale, chappa chappa charkha chale
hey chappa chappa charkha chale, chappa chappa charkha chale
auni bauni aariyan teree, bauni bauni beriyon tale
chappa chappa charkha chale, hoy chappa chappa charkha chale....

Krishna was sining and dancing.....Looking at him, Host of the show Amol also started dancing....Everyone was enjoying to the fullest.

"Sir, one last question for you."
"Yah, sure."

"Being an adventure freak, you take lot of risk in your life. Aren't you afraid of death?"

Krishna smiled...."Not just adventure but there is different kind of risk in everything you do in life. Also there is end for everything in this world. Even sun which rises in morning, has to set in the evening. New beginning and end is nature's rule. So we are not going be in this world forever, some or other day everyone has to die. Whatever you may do, don't think about risk and all, just keep on enjoying your life. About myself, I would say, I would be lucky if I would get death in some expedition on Himalaya. Its like going in deep sleep with mother Himalaya."

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Climbing wall inauguration was done and everyone was excited to listen to Prathmesh sir.

During last six months somehow Prathmesh had managed to handle himself but since morning he found himself in different world.

"Now I would like call Prathmesh sir to talk with us. First he will express his feelings and then we will have question-answer session with him where he will answer some of your questions and guide you"...Pramod sir announced this and moved away from mike.

Crowd burst into clapping.

Prathmesh got up from his chair and started moving towards mike.....

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IMF(Indian Mountaineering foundation) had chosen Krishna and Prathmesh for K2 expedition. This expedition was planned by government as part of Indo-Pak friendship program. Krishna had already successfully climbed K2(8611 M) which is one of the toughest technical mountain in the world. So he was appointed as leader of that expedition.

Expedition was going on very well and they were somewhere around 8000M. But this area was little avalanche prone area. Krishna choose camping site properly and they pitched their summit camp. They had decided next day, that was 26th November 2011 as summit attempt day.

"So I will open route and anchor rope, then everyone can have summit attempt".....Krishna was talking and explaining everything to team.
"Krishna, I will also join you for opening route"....Prathmesh said.

"No Prathmesh, You looked little tired."
"Don't be emotional Krishna, your working like anything since last three days."

"Prathmesh, don't be too much practical. I can manage. This area is very much avalanche prone and I cant take risk with you."
"Yah but weather is going to be really Good tomorrow."

"Prathmesh, I agree....but I will open the route".

Krishna again had team meeting around 2 am and started moving with rope for opening route.
Slowly Krishna moved far away.

Weather was Good but no one can go beyond nature and suddenly avalanche came and Krishna got disappeared.

Krishna went into deep sleep on 26th November 2011.

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Prathmesh was standing in front of mike, somehow he managed to come out of his storm of thoughts and started talking.

"Hello friends, I thanks to Mumbai Mountaineering Association for bulding Krishna Bhosale climbing wall in memory of great Mountaineer Krishna on his birthday. Though Krishna is not with us, but he will always remain in our heart through his writings, photographs and thoughts. I am really small person to talk about him."

Prathmesh's eyes were full of water. his throat had became heavy, he was not able to talk. For a minute there was pin drop silence on the ground.

He managed to control himself and started talking again, "More than mountaineer, Krishna was great human being. May his soul REST IN PEACE..........

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Sandy.

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